Adm. Tim J. Keating, commander of US Northern Command, gathered his disaster response senior “crew” at Peterson to “roll up [their] sleeves and ask questions” to prepare for the 2006 storm season. The group included nine adjutants general, who head their individual state National Guard forces, as well as NORTHCOM senior staff. Based on TAG comments, they liked the collaborative effort. “Cooperation and coordination is key to any response effort,” said Air Force Maj. Gen. Doug Burnett, Florida’s adjutant general. “We should not be exchanging business cards in the foxhole.”
Boeing’s receipt of the 10th lot contract award for the KC-46 Pegasus this week leaves just three lots left to complete the Air Force’s buy of the tanker, although a further buy of 75 additional aircraft as a “bridge” to the Next-Generation Aerial-refueling System (NGAS) seems increasingly likely.